Applying Vinyl

When your vinyl lettering arrives it will be made up of 3 layers:

  • Top layer = transfer sticking paper (through which you can see the letters)
  • Middle layer = the letters themselves
  • Bottom layer = white, shiny backing paper
Steps to apply lettering: 
  1. First, squeegee over your lettering to ensure it is sticking firmly to the transfer paper. You can use your purchased vinyl applicator or a credit card for this step.
  2. Then, choose your desired wall location and place your lettering on your wall exactly the way it comes. Use small pieces of masking tape to hold it into place.
  3. Then measure your letters to either the ceiling or floor, whichever is easier to ensure your phrase is straight. Make sure you measure from the letters themselves, NOT the white paper your letters come on as this may not be straight. Choose letters at the beginning, middle, and end of your phrase that are similar to each other and are the same level height at the bottoms as each other.  If it is a longer phrase, a level really helps in this step.
  4. Measure the distance between the bottoms of these letters and the floor or ceiling to ensure the same distance all along the phrase.
  5. Adjust straightness of phrase as needed by pulling up masking tape, adjusting and re-taping in place.
  6. Once phrase is straight, place a long piece of masking tape along the entire top of your phrase.
  7. Flip up the lettering and peel the backing paper off. The masking tape is now working as a hinge.
  8. Then let the vinyl with transfer tap fall, pulling it down into place with no wrinkles.
  9. Using either a vinyl applicator, credit card or ruler, rub over the lettering to securely adhere them to your wall. Work from the top center down and out.
Carefully peel off the transfer sticking paper to reveal your letters. Pull at an angle and make sure to watch that your letters are all sticking to your wall. If you notice that any letters are pulling up with the transfer paper, re-rub onto the wall, or help pull it off with your fingers and smooth it onto the wall.

Vinyl is great on lots of different smooth surfaces, but please note that when removing vinyl or transfer tape, there can possibly be damage done. (lifting of paint or other surfaces) Please keep this in mind when adhering vinyl in your home.

 The House of Smiths Designs is not responsible for any product or other damage caused by applying or removing vinyl.